It’s interesting to watch as the reaction to the United Kingdom’s #Brexit vote comes rolling in. On the American left, the response has been predictable. Cries of RACISM, xenophobia, and other hateful ad hominem attacks have been the norm. On the right, the response has been equally predictable. Words of congratulations and respect as a free people are once again taking hold of their liberty and declaring their independence from far-off, unelected rulers.
In the midst of the hubbub, British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will be tendering his resignation and stepping aside so that a pro-Brexit Conservative can become the new Prime Minister.
“The British people have made the very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” he said.
“I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination”…
“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required,” he said.
“I think it’s right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU,” he said. Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty deals with the mechanism for departure.
President Obama, who was a strong opponent of #Brexit, sounded a sour note in promising that the American government would “respect” the decision of the British people (as if there were any other option).
“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” Obama said following the vote…
“The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States, even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security, and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world.”
This commentary was far different than the opinion President Obama offered just a couple of months ago when he warned the British people that leaving the European Union would mean disaster. Thankfully, the Brits showed backbone and could not be cowed into bowing to the fear mongers on the left.
While Obama seemed dejected, Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) seemed ebullient in his congratulatory remarks to the British people.
“The British people have spoken clearly: They choose to leave the European Union,” Sen. Cruz said. “The results of the ‘Brexit’ referendum should serve as a wake-up call for internationalist bureaucrats from Brussels to Washington, D.C. that some free nations still wish to preserve their national sovereignty. The British people have indicated that they will no longer outsource their future to the EU, and prefer to chart their own path forward. The United States can learn from the referendum and attend to the issues of security, immigration and economic autonomy that drove this historic vote. In addition, we should treat the ‘Brexit’ as an opportunity to forge a closer partnership with our historic friend and ally, including immediately starting negotiations for a targeted US-UK free trade agreement.”
If you’re not sure about what side of the #Brexit debate you should be on, then I urge you to watch the brilliant British politician Daniel Hannan explain.
#Brexit is good for the United Kingdom, it’s good for the United States of America, and it will be good for the world. I hope and pray that #Brexit is just the beginning and that free people everywhere will begin taking back control of their own liberty from the far-off powers that be…
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